Sandy Evans Trio

“This is world class contemporary music performed by some of the very best exponents in this country” John Mc Beath, Adelaide Advertiser, 01/09/03

Photo: Michelle Agius-Hall

This trio sees eminent saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans delighting in the freedom of the classic saxophone trio format with her imaginative rhythm section of Brett Hirst and Toby Hall.

The trio will be touring Australia in 2010 with the assistance of a grant from Sound Travellers and the Australia Council. Coinciding with the tour will be the release of a limited edition EP The Edge of Pleasure available from Birdland Records.

Regular performances in Australia, two European tours and the release of their CD Not In The Mood have established the band’s reputation as one of the finest in the country.

With the trio, Sandy renews her long association with outstanding drummer Toby Hall. Sandy and Toby are known for their exciting work together in bands such as Clarion Fracture Zone and The catholics. Completing the line up is sensational bassist Brett Hirst.

The trio has performed at JazzFest Berlin to a sell out audience and at The Pori Jazz festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. We have toured jazz clubs in Europe and North America includingStadtgarten, Cologne, Unterfahrt, Munich, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Jazzclub Neue Tonne, Dresden.

Listen: Mountview (Evans) from The Edge of Pleasure 

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‘Sandy Evans is a real knockout’ Matthias Creutziger, July MEIER

The trio has appeared for many of the leading jazz organisations in Australia including – Sydney Improvised Music Association, the Perth Jazz Society , Jazz South Australia, The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, the Morpeth Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta jazz Festival, The Bellingen Jazz Society, The Jazzgroove Association, Devonport Jazz Weekend, Bungendore Jazz Festival and The Valley Jazz Festival in Brisbane.

The trio has presented two successful collaborations with guest musicians : for SIMA with bass trombonist/shakuhachi player from Melbourne Adrian Sherriff and for The Kowmung Music Festival with pianist Alister Spence.

‘The way art is meant to be…’ Shane Nichols (www.allaboutjazz.com)


When the Sky Cries Rainbows

In Canberra and Brisbane the band will be featuring a new sextet work with local guest artists. The suite was premiered at The Sound Lounge in Sydney on December 10th 2009 with Alister Spence, Phil Slater and James Greening.

It was presented at the Melbourne international Womens Jazz Festival shortly after with the Festival Sextet featuring Andrea Keller, Xani Kolac, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy and Sonja Hobelt.

Sandy writes “The starting point for my creative expression in this work is the image of the breathtaking spectrum of colour that often fills the sky after a storm. To me, this is a symbol of the profound sense of hope that can occur after a time of intense grief. I hope to create a work that incorporates the power and architectural unity of large scale form with the spontaneity of small group interaction and improvisation.”

This piece was commissioned by the Australia Council and will be recorded by ABC Jazztrack in 2010.


International Touring

The group toured Canada and Europe in July 2004. Enquiries about the group’s availability for future tours are welcome. Bookings >

The trio also toured Europe in November 2002, with the support of the Australia Council, where they performed to a sell out audience at the prestigious JazzFest Berlin.

Their itinerary included

  • Stadtgarten, Cologne
  • Unterfahrt, Munich
  • Bimhuis, Amsterdam
  • Jazzclub Neue Tonne, Dresden

‘Sandy Evans is a real knockout’ Matthias Creutziger, July MEIER 2003

Australian Concerts

Since its debut at The Australian Jazz Festival in Canberra, the trio has appeared for many of the leading jazz organisations in Australia including – Sydney Improvised Music Association, the Perth Jazz Society , Jazz South Australia, The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, the Morpeth Jazz Festival, The Bellingen Jazz Society, The Jazzgroove Association, Devonport Jazz Weekend, Bungendore Jazz Festival and The Valley Jazz Festival in Brisbane. They have also performed in Brisbane, Lismore, and Armidale.

‘The Sandy Evans Trio confirmed why it is an important voice in Australian contemporary music and deserves the opportunity for more exposure on the international stage.’ Garry Lee, The West Australian 27.8.2003

The trio presented two successful collaborations with guest musicians

  • for SIMA with bass trombonist/shakuhachi player from Melbourne Adrian Sherriff.
  • for The Kowmung Music Festival with pianist Alister Spence.

The band recorded their first CD Not In The Mood in 2002. The CD is distributed by Newmarket Music.

Buy the CD from Newmarket Music >

‘The way art is meant to be….The whole album is a joy.’ Shane Nichols, (allaboutjazz.com, Oct/2002)

Sandy’s composition ‘The Seed of Delight’ from Not In The Mood was a finalist in the APRA Award for Most Performed Jazz Composition in 2003. The trio performed at The APRA Awards at The Four Seasons Hotel.

Bookings

To book the trio contact Sandy direct on: sandy@sandyevans.com.au

Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer